Sunday, February 25, 2007

Chris Sly

Did you know that Chris Sligh is a 'Christ-follower and a rock star'? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

His blog posts are down but if you check the link My Illustrious Band on MySpace you'll find him singing his heart out.

One to watch indeed.


Coaster Punchman said...

I too noticed something about that on his AI profile. I always take a read through to see how many will thank "my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ" first and that sort of thing.

IMHO, that was Katharine McPhee's one saving grace last year. She was, I believe, just about the only contestant who said she would thank her fans first.

I have nothing against thanking the Judeo-Christian God. I just think it might be nice if people mainly did that in church or in private. What would everyone be saying if contestants were thanking Buddha, Allah or Chrissie Hynde?

Jake's Mom said...

I don't care who they thank, I just wish they'd dress better. I am tired of sloppy and hair in the eyes and find one that can sing on key. And didn't everyone (except moi) want to be a rock star at some time in their life?
I do appreciate that they want stand in front of many thousands to get their 15 minutes of fame. I always sing in the back of the church.

stephenmanns said...
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stephenmanns said...

God deserves all praise and glory. He is the almighty creator and worthy of more praise than we could give in 2 lifetimes. Thanking him, if done with sincerity, is one of the most amazing things that a person can do. If we only thank him in private, what honor would that bring him? Is it sometimes done out of false pretenses, I'm sure it is, but when done for the right reasons, God is exalted, which is the way it should be! Praise God, Almight!!!!!!!

Slippy22 said...

In church or in private?!?!?! You have got to be kidding me right? Of all the totally immoral things people do in public that is totally accepted and condoned - like oh say public intoxication, swearing, smoking, fornication, etc.. and you want to limit thanking the very person who grants you your next breath in private? You need to give your head a shake or one day you are going to be in for one rude awekening... grab yourself the series " left behind" and read the book or watch the video. Dont be left behind.. and dont be stuck in such cave man thinking.. its not healthy for you or your soul!

Coaster Punchman said...

Dude, if your religion requires you to fear God I feel bad for you. My religion teaches that God is forgiving enough not to throw anyone into a lake of fire.

I agree that there are worse things you can do in public but pray. Agreed, I would rather listen to someone thank God than watch them kill someone or take a dump. But just because there are worse things doesn't mean I have to like watching them pray.

Freedom of religion is one of the great things about being an American. We are not required to participate in any religion, and we aren't allowed to stop people from practicing theirs. This is good, right?

I'm not at all suggesting you stop practicing your religion if it makes you happy. What I am saying is that for the sake of public harmony and peace, the farther we keep from individual religions spouting themselves off too loudly in public, the better. The more I see religion creeping into every aspect of public life, the more it reminds me of the possibility of having our country ruled by a religion. And I don't want that. Do you think the women in Afghanistan would have been happier in a secular country? I think they would have been - or at least the women the Taliban has not killed yet.

John Cespedes said...

This is not about fearing God. God is our wonderful Creator who loved us enough to send His son to die in our place. But, He is Rightous as well. Read Matthew 25, especially the last two versus. Thanking God for this wonderful gift, and thanking Jesus for His immense sacrifice is such an insignificant thing compared to what we have been given.

psalm 34 said...

It is a very interesting statement to say not to fear Yahweh (God in hebrew) the creator of all things and the verses I am about to use are essential to getting this through to you. In matthew 10:28 Jesus specifically and very simply tells his disciples "do not fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Yahweh who is able to kill both soul and body and throw them into hell." So what this should tell you is that not only should you fear Yahweh and only Yahweh, but if you do not accept His son Jesus Christ, john 14:6 "no one comes to the Father(Yahweh) except through me", as your salvation you will be without a doubt cast into everlasting torment and flame. Now, to address this issue of confessing religion or a God, Yahweh detests idolatry. Idolatry is simply making anything but Yahweh your God and if you read in the old testament you will find that the Lord ultimately and severely punishes or kills off a people who pursue or choose idolatry.Praise the Lord for providing the atonement for our sin through His son Jesus Christ. Now I will say that not all people confessing to be a christian are, because it takes devotion to be what the Lord calls us into. He even says in Matthew 7:13-14, " for the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it."
I also need to address the statement regarding religions being mixed and no one religion being spoken for. Evidently,I say this with boldness and conviction, the devil and his demons are loving every word you say because your words are testifying to the sinful nature and when sin enters the picture so does the devil.
I need to tell you that although this is not easy to accept it is Yahweh's love for you that is stamped throughout His word. We accepted Him because he first loved us even as sinners (romans 5:8). We love you not out of obligation, for it is the spirit of God who descended upon us when we accepted Him as savior,healer,deliverer,preserver, and the one who makes us whole. I tell you that if God was not patient, we would not have gained salvation, but would have been destroyed 2pt 3:15. I encourage you to read the rest of that chapter as well. 1ti 1:15-16declares his patience and loving-kindness as well. Now, God does declare in 2pt 3:9 "...the Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." So, he doesn't want to cast any person into Hell, but He is just and justice will prevail in the day of eternity if you do not accept the covenant Yahweh made with us through His son Jesus Christ, the Messiah. May the Lord bless you and keep you and may He also convict you through the holy spirit, Amen. Blessed be the name of the Lord, Yahweh.

Cara C said...

first about the fearing God and that we are not supposed to fear Him... where would you get an idea like that? people get this all so wrong. the fear that the bible talks about is sort of like the fear that a child has of their parent. To fear the Lord is to give respect to Him. It means you know that He is so much more bigger and powerful than you and that He loves you and because He loves you He will dicipline you. Just like my child fears me... she is not fearful of her life or fearful of getting hurt or anything like that... she is fearful of me because she knows that mommy loves her and will correct her when she is seen doing something wrong. God is such a loving and caring God but He is also such a jealous God. He deserves everyones praises and its the reason He created us... and we should give thanks to Him because He knew from the beginning that we would turn our backs on Him and He knew how painful it would be loose so many of us and how painful it would be to see His only son die such a painful death for us who turned our back on Him to begin with. But out of love and compassion He did it anyway... He saw those who would have faith in Him and we were worth that to Him. We were worth His sons life, we were worth God own pain in His heart... the bible says He would have sent His son if even just for one believer. I suggest that you who are so against everything He is look a little further into it.. not into secular writing about him, but really search on your own. randomly pick somewhere in the new testament to start reading and just come up with your own opinion.. forget what you were taught. i guarantee that you will feel something and i wont be a scary fear... it will be a calming respectful fear that will let your heart know that if you choose to except that you will have a wonderful powerful father above you who will take care of you

Casie said...

It is good to have a healthy fear of God. He created the galaxies in the heavens. He created the sun. He created the earth and all the animals and everything in it except man with just words. There are so many things just in this earth that have yet to be discovered and God already knows about every single one. He created them. That's not to mention the galaxies that are still being discovered farther and farther out in space. How far does space go? You don't know. No one does. But God does. He created it. God formed man with His own hands out of mud and then breathed life into him. No one knows why people die when undergoing medical treatments that should have worked. No one knows how to cure cancer. No one understands the human brain. No one can fully understand God's creation and this is why. We are His creation. If God could create everything on this earth with just spoken words, think about what else He could do. With a word, everything could be nonexistent. He created heaven as well as Hell. The Bible says that you SHOULD fear the one who can throw you into an eternal torment. God is not safe. He is GOOD. But He's not safe. There is a difference. His goodness gave us a way to have a relationship with Him through His son Jesus Christ. So yes, we do need to have a healthy fear and respect of what God can do to us. But we can find rest in the fact that if we choose to be faithful disciples of Christ, we don't ever have to suffer the torments of eternal separation from God in Hell.

Myranter said...

Oh wow Coaster, why should we have to thank the lord in private to appease people like you who have already ruined our country by taking God out of our Country that was founded on GOD and I'm not perfect by any means but I am a Christian through and through and if I wanna thank God or Pray to God in the middle of the grocery store I should be able to and athiests like you should glue your lips SHUT and keep your wasteful mindless opinions to yourself!!

Coaster Punchman said...

I'm no atheist, but I think private conversations are best kept private. I pray all the time, especially on airplanes. I just don't force the whole world to listen to me do it.

No one cares what religion you practice. It would just be nice for the rest of us if you'd shut yer trap about it for 5 minutes every once in a while.